Blood Milk Jewels

Nights with Nepenthe. Chapter II. Black Moonstone Ritual Strand.


Blood Milk Jewels

Nights with Nepenthe. Chapter II. Black Moonstone Ritual Strand.


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This strand is a sister strand to our previous offering 'Nights with Nepenthe' that we released just when time was beginning to feel different to me in March of 2020 and is comprised of graduated sizes of sterling silver 'pearls' and luminous Black Moonstone Spheres.



Nepenthe is a magical potion that appears in Greek literature, specifically, Homer's "The Odyssey" & means “that which chases away or banishes sorrow.” This fictional magic is believed to have originated from the ancient Egyptians, possibly derived from a plant, and while its effects do not last - it works by easing sorrow & grief & pain by way of forgetfulness - a temporary relief from our memories.

I think about this often, and most often at night: the idea of escaping my memories, of stepping out of time. I also think about all the things, people, sensory comforts we are able to choose for ourselves during those hard night time moments to chase away sorrow-the things I choose for myself in a panic when I feel sadness beginning to wash over me in the dark hours of deep night.

I wish Nepenthe was real. There is so much I want to forget, to have relief from, if only for a night. 

This strand of beads and its siblings in name, was designed specifically for use in comforting oneself through the touching / twirling / holding of the beads in whichever way that works for your and your body. It's my wish that this design brings you relief and comfort, allows you to step out of time, a memory, grief, if only for a moment.

Black Moonstone:

Black moonstone is often associated with the New Moon and new beginnings. Moonstone in its varying colors is closely tied to the moon, with some cultures believing the stones are solidified moon rays, while others think of them as embodiments of the Moon's tears. Acting as a kind of psychic armor, it is thought to protect its wearer from not only dark nights, but dark times; it helps sooth grief, loss, and other emotional turbulence. It is also a great tool for meditation and clairvoyance, & has been used in jewelry since ancient times for both its unique beauty and magic. 

Please note that Black Moonstone is a natural stone. These stunning, high quality beads have a deep dark appearance, with flashes ranging from silvery blue to shades of taupe. 

This strand measures approximately 37.5 inches long from end to end, clasp included. At its closure is your Hourglass Clasp, cast in sterling silver, hand oxidized and finished to achieve our signature shade of stormy gray. 

This 'Opera Length' makes it perfect for wearing doubled up as well as at its full length. Designed to compliment other jewels in the Mourning/Ritual bead line it also layers beautifully with other BloodMilk necklaces. Its length and varying bead sizes makes it useful for meditation, mourning or ritual practices.



Some of the beads used in this strand are limited. We can not anticipate whether or not this particular style will be available again after this release. 

*Length note: Because individual bead measurements vary slightly, total strand lengths are approximate within a few millimeters in either direction. Please reach out via email if you have any questions about this. 

This strand is handmade to order and will take approximately 5 weeks to create before shipping. 

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Please email any questions to bloodmilkjewels@gmail.com for a timely and kind response.